10.13 imageCheck out these good reads I rounded up for your week (or weekend). Overcome your fear, learn what happens when a child’s cancer becomes “the story” and linger over the lovely prose of William Zinsser on memoir writing.

Taking the Plunge: How to Get Over Your Fear of Failure

Ash Read talks about his “huge fear” of leaving his 9-5 job — and how he overcome that fear to become a freelancer — in this excellent article with concrete strategies and tips for living the life you want today.

10 Myths of The Freelance Lifestyle (And What It’s Really Like to Go Freelance)

Rosie Allabarton tackles key myths about freelancing, from attire to salary to stress to time management. Read this for an unvarnished look at what the freelance lifestyle really consists of (hint: it may not mean working in pajamas, but it probably doesn’t include Manolos, either).

Audio: What Makes a Great Disease Story?

Do you struggle to figure out how to tell stories about medical conditions or diseases? This fantastic, 13-minute podcast from NPR’s “On the Media” tells what happened to one family when their child became “the story.”

Freelancer Tips: How to Use Social Media to Attract New Clients

Are you on Twitter? LinkedIn? Facebook? If you maintain a social media presence, check out this quick read with tips for making your efforts productive.

How to Write a Memoir

Do you long to write about your family history? Your own nursing life? Read this beautiful, lengthy essay by the late, great William Zinsser about just that.


Wishing you well,